A mother who loves to shower her three children with 85 presents each on Christmas Day has defended her right to overindulge them.
Emma Tapping, 27, from the Isle of Man, was met with criticism from around the world when she shared a picture of the mountain of presents, that cost around £1,500, under her Christmas tree on Instagram.
She told FEMAIL she was shocked after the picture was taken and turned into an image that went viral with the caption: ‘Nearly time for all the materialistic parents to compete and broadcast how many presents their kids have on Facebook! Just remember theres some children who dont get much [sic].’
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Mother-of-three Emma Tapping was shocked by the reaction to the number of presents she buys her children
The mountain of presents under Emma’s tree that sparked a backlash when she shared it online
The picture was taken from Emma’s Instagram and went viral with this caption: ‘Nearly time for all the materialistic parents to compete and broadcast how many presents their kids have on Facebook! Just remember theres some children’ who dont get much’
People left comments on the picture accusing Emma of spoiling her children and forgetting the true meaning of Christmas.
Emma, who runs a holiday cottage, said: ‘I was more shocked by the reaction of people who instantly thought I was a bragging parent with spoilt little brat children. I was shocked how judgemental people were. My attitude is what I buy my kids is my business, no one else’s.’
She added: ‘The worst comments were for me were about the kids, the lady that stole the picture knew it must of been a kid’s Christmas tree, hence “materialistic parents”, so that was upsetting that people didn’t think about that before judging.’
Emma, who runs a holiday cottage, said she loves to spoil her children at Christmas as they are not overindulged throughout the rest of the year
Emma said she goes bargain hunting all year to afford the presents for her children at Christmas
Emma appeared on today’s This Morning via Skype to reveal why she buys so many Christmas presents, which can be seen stacked up under her tree behind her
Ben Shepherd and Holly Willoughby interviewed the mother-of-three about how she manages to afford the 300 gifts as she says she is ‘not at all rich’
‘You’ve had some very serious accusations that your children are suffering some form of abuse because they are being paid for their love in gifts and presents,’ Holly Willoughby put to her as she appeared on today’s This Morning via Skype to defend her festive excess.
Emma, who estimates there are around 300 presents under her tree for her two daughters aged 13 and nine, her son, aged 19 months, and her husband, a labourer, defended her right to lavish them with gifts and insisted they are not spoilt.
She said: ‘You can buy your children two presents or 200 but it is the way you bring them up. They could have two presents and still be a little terror.
‘My kids know the difference between right and wrong, they appreciate everything they get and they don’t get spoilt throughout the year, we don’t go on expensive holidays.
‘If they break something like their phone they have to save up their money to replace it.’
She said she is ‘not rich at all’ and manages to accumulate her festive haul by bargain hunting and shopping throughout the year – starting in the Boxing Day sales.
She said: ‘I start shopping in January and use every bargain, every sale I can, that’s how I do it, I shop all year round to make the pile as big as it is.
Lizzi Cloverman weighed in calling Emma ‘a bit delusional’ for thinking her children needed so many gifts
Jill Gallagher was one of the people who tweeted to say Christmas is ‘not about how many gifts you can buy’ and later said the children were ‘very much spoilt’
Paul said buying a child so much is ‘silly’ as he used to be happy with ’30p for the youth club’
The segment promoted much debate on Twitter with others saying it was up to Emma how she spent her money and some saying to think of others without
Janine Nicholas accused the mother of ‘pressie bragging’
‘It has cost around £1,500, I don’t have a credit card, I follow Martin Lewis the money expert religiously and I do all the sales. I never pay for anything full price so can give me kids the best Christmas they can have.’
Emma said her family have always celebrated Christmas this way but it is the first time she has faced a backlash about it after she posted a picture of all the presents under her tree online.
When she found out the picture had been taken of her account and had gone viral, prompting people around the globe to comment on it, she was unrepentant and shared the picture again with her own message.
She wrote: ‘Will I post another pics of my tree? You bet your grandmas nipples I will. Seeing as my picture has gone viral (without my consent!) here is my tree.
The bargain hunter says she never pays for anything full price and shops all year for Christmas
Emma said judgemental people won’t stop her celebrating Christmas the way she wants
‘I LOVE christmas I LOVE spoiling my kids in the festive season and I work damn hard to make sure it is every bit as amazing as it can be. So 2 fat fingers up to all the judgemental ***holes and big thanks to all the normal, every day people who don’t really give a s*** about SOMEONE else’s christmas tree or got into the festive spirit with me. Merry christmas everyone. share share share.’
She then prompted further debate following her appearance on This Morning as some viewers rushed to condemn her and her excessive shopping.
Jill Gallagher tweeted: ‘Christmas is about family and being together not how many gifts you can by absolutely redic (sic)’ and added in response to another viewer who said the children were overindulged: ‘I agree very much spoilt.’
Paul Kezza wrote: ‘Getting a child that much stuff is silly. They will have no appreciation for little things in life. Absolute daft.’ He said all he used to get was ’30p for the youth club as a child and ‘a second hand bike at Christmas.’
Jen Gale appeared to debate with Emma on This Morning as she said she is against consumerism and prefers homemade gifts. Even her Christmas tree is made from pom poms
Jen said she won’t buy presents for her two sons as she wants them to remember Christmas as a time spent together instead
Cheryl-Ann Auld added: ‘It’s about spending time with loved ones not the amount you can spend.’
Others criticised her need to share the picture online and accused her of ‘pressie-bragging’ and being insensitive to those without – such as the families flooded this week in Cumbria.
But others were on her side, stating they also liked to spoil their children at Christmas and saying ‘each to their own’.
Donna Williams reflected this view with her tweet: ‘It’s up to her but I bet her house is full of junk.’
Emma appeared on This Morning with her antithesis, Jen Gale, from Bristol, who chooses to spend nothing at Christmas on her sons aged seven and four.
Emma said a frugal Christmas is not for her and she will hit the shops on Boxing Day to start on next year’s haul of presents
‘I love the fact I can work hard all year to give my kids and my family this kind of Christmas,’ Emma said
Emma said she has always been extravagant at Christmas, as shown by the presents for her family under the tree at Christmas 2012
She revealed in this week’s MailOnline how their presents are all homemade or second hand as she is against consumerism.
She said: ‘I want something different for my children. I want them to remember Christmases spent doing things together. Where it’s not all about the presents.’
Emma said on today’s This Morning that she will never spend Christmas in such a frugal way.
She said: ‘Christmas to me is about kids and it is the one day you can spoil your kids. I don’t care if you have got 50p or a million in the bank, make it what you can make it.
‘I love the fact I can work hard all year to give my kids and my family this kind of Christmas. It is what we have always done and what we will continue to do.’